At the close of the first week of ICA's newly implemented ePR Submission system, we notice increased enquiries and comments from potential clients and members of the public pertaining the challenges they face. Largely negative in nature, we can empathise with them on the matter. What used to be a more traditional method of physical form submission has now gave way to a purely online-based process. And this comes with a few unnerving points on top what public feels is a hefty $100 per applicant submission fees.
A letter from your MP will provide you with a little help in getting your PR application approved. This is because such letters are merely general in nature and does not indicate your key strengths as a candidate for PR. Further, in order to get a letter from your MP, you must be active in taking part and organizing activities in your neighbourhood for some time as part of the social and community integration.
We cannot guarantee 100% PR approvals since we do not have direct control over the Singapore Government’s and ICA decision making. In fact, no agencies or business should be so bold to be giving you such guarantees as it, after all, not true.
Residing and studying in Singapore will definitely provide an advantage when applying for PR. Students who physically study in Singapore, will inevitably mingle and receive exposure to local cultural traditions and nuances. Such interactions allow applicants to adapt easily and integrate with the society and this is one of the critical factors for a strong profile.
As long as you are a stable candidate and do not switch jobs often or give the reviewing officers the impression that you are a ‘job-hopper’, it will not affect your chances of PR approval.
In a press release by The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore (ICA), it is confirmed that come 18 December 2017, all Singapore PR Applications will be done fully online via ICA’s e-PR system only.
By Elena Kwa
Lead Consultant, Immigration@SG LLP (IASG)
The decision to take up a Singapore Citizenship is an entirely personal choice / decision. It is not based on the ethnicity or nationality of the individual. Although majority of the conversion to Singapore Citizenship come from neighbouring countries, South East Asians (i.e. Malaysians, Indonesians, Indians, etc) and Chinese, statistics have shown that an increasing number of Caucasians taking up Singapore Citizenship in recent years.
Short answer: no.
Only the following categories of foreigners are eligible to apply for permanent residence:
- Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
- Aged Parents of a SC
- Employment Pass/ S Pass holders
With thousands of Singapore PR applications flowing through each month, how does one ensure that their application is being viewed and considered fairly by the authorities? Bearing in mind that 99% of PRs get approved via the documentation submitted during the ICA eAppointment (without attending a face-to-face interview), applicants who are serious about getting their Singapore PR application approved, should read on.
Yes, it is one of the advantages of becoming a PR: a Singapore PR may apply for Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) for his/her first degree family members i.e. Spouse, children (below the age of 21 years old) and parents. This will allow the family member(s) to stay long term in Singapore (minimum up to 1 year). However, the LTVP holder will not be allowed to work under this pass. The LTVP will be under the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) purview instead of under Ministry of Manpower (MOM), as in the case of Dependent Passes (DP) or LTVPs of a work pass holder (SPass / EP / PEP).